Thursday, March 15, 2012

doll cake: technical details

While I was in Africa and unable to respond, seven readers emailed me asking how to make the doll cake. That's rather a lot of queries: more, surprisingly, than I have ever received about where I got my lovely cushions.  Here's what to do:

Make a 12 oz flour/sugar/butter quantity of Victoria Sponge Cake and distribute it among three 6 inch round tins and one 6 inch square tin. Bake and allow to cool.

Follow the diagram below to cut the cakes. The stripey bits are those you may eat while you ice the cake.

[redrawn from a thirty year old magazine cutting]

Then assemble the pieces thus



and ice and decorate the cake as suits yourself. Dolly mix, mini smarties, and pretty sugar flowers are useful embellishments. Chocolate icing makes good hair.

I hope that my response isn't too late for any birthdays and that seven beautiful doll cakes will be created in a flurry of hope and toil and iced redemption.

34 comments:

  1. Where do you get your lovely cushions ?!! XXXX

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  2. I do love your cushions - but have double-doll-birthdays in June for two of our lassies so this drawing will come in fierce handy for our efforts. And how was Africa?

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    1. Africa was large and warm, thank you Móna. I'm sure your girls will have the loveliest of cakes with yourself and the Chef in the kitchen.

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  3. Why wasn't I invited to Africa? I thought you were my best friend...Not even an imaginary post-card?

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    1. I rang Jason especially to invite you, Anita - he said you were both too busy painting.

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  4. I'm so glad you survived; I was wondering about worrying. Had you been eaten by an elephant? Had the internet not stretched that far? Had a flurry of 'ethnic' cushions invaded blogtopia?

    I may need more baking tins.

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    1. Next time, Speccy, we must post Girls one and two a slice each.

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  5. Hello Mise:

    Immediately you are 'Out of Africa', you attend to the needs of your dear readers. No wonder that we all adore you!

    We have managed to reach the ages we are [a little over 30] and have never been given a doll or eaten a doll cake. We now realise that, once again, we have seriously missed out in life and can only think that our recent purchase of a dolls' house was a Freudian way of compensating for our empty childhoods.

    However, we are determined that, with your help, we shall not be outcushioned. Please, please dear Mise give all the most intimate details of your impressive cushion collection in subsequent posts. What fabric to choose, how much fabric to use, what makes for a clump free filling,which is the most stylish trimming,which is the perfect zip......do not overlook any bobble, tassel or scalloped edge for where you, the Cushion Queen lead, we shall most definitely follow!!!

    Did you enjoy your hols?!!!

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    1. This interest of yours in cushions is quite overwhelming, Jane and Lance, living, as I do, in a world where uncouth people merely sit unheedingly on them. You are true aesthetes.

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  6. Alas, my daughter is too old for such a cake or I would be hopping to it. It's charming!

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  7. Have you really never had more cushion queries than this? There must be hundreds lurking in a long neglected email account. Please check. I can't bear the thought of long neglected cushion queryers/queryettes/interested parties...

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    1. Yes, Mags, it's astonishing, almost as though people are afraid to speak about about cushions: a sign of a dysfunctional society.

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  8. Now I know why I have such issues; my other never baked ME a doll cake when I was little!

    Do come and enter my new (International)Fashion Giveaway from Fresh Produce!
    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

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    1. I'm on my way, dear Karena, with expressions of interest and words of praise.

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  9. Wonderful - 6in cakes will give us ample room to smuggle the file into the girls while they are incarcerated. It is this sort of forward planning that separates us from the animals.

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  10. I too am interested in your cushions. And Africa.
    The doll cake is beyond me. I will take a look at yours now and then.

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  11. Iced redemption....my favourite kind. So relieved you are returned to us in one piece and have immediately prioritised cake and cushions. All is right with the world. Meredy xo

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  12. Well I was hoping jen would bake me one but I see that is not to be.

    Maybe your fudge?

    Africa? Will there be pictures? Presents???

    xo jane

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    1. Dear Jane, I brought you back a delightful silver ring set with milky pink enamel, but when I went to wrap it I resolved to say nothing and keep it for myself. People can be so cruel.

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  13. Hehe. I want to make one for my OWN birthday.

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  14. Thanks so much for sharing how to make your fabulous doll cake Mise! It's my niece's birthday in September & she is going to love this! At least I've lots of time to practice! Welcome back from your travels.

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  15. You are never too old for a cake like this, my daughter is 23yrs old in June, but if I baked her a cake like this and decorated it with style she would love it. Now about Africa???

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  16. One little helpful modification - if she wore a pencil skirt, the shaded areas would be bigger, if you get my drift. Otherwise, perfection. Were there nice cushions on verandas in Africa?

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    1. I hate to fault an entire continent, Lucille, but the cushions, while exquisite and opulent, were not for me as some of them contained shades of green.

      The pencil skirt is a great idea. Perhaps shorter legs as well, to the same end.

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  17. Oh how casually you say "when I was in Africa", as if it hardly worth mentioning!

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  18. Well, I was wondering where you went...glad you re-appeared! So tell us about Africa!!!!! What gives!

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    1. Africa was great, Becky. I had hoped to go to Ikea on the way back but the flight times didn't allow it.

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  19. you're a braver woman than I!! well done!

    hope pink girl had a thoroughly happy and pink bday xx

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  20. Hello Mise

    I have thoroughly enjoy this post and the responses from your readers really bright to light important world matters. All that matters is
    Cushions and Cakes or Pillows and Pastry.

    Welcome home. Can we expect to see an elephant cake for Blue Girl's Birthday?

    Helen xx

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  21. Recipe and instructions will be in my suitcase to take to France.
    Very pink GD Stella Rose will be 7 on 1st June - this will be perfect, thank you Mise.
    I'll pop some Edmonds Custard Powder in the bag too for your Fairy cakes - I can't remember if the froggies have CP. (ooo froggies isn't v PC these days is it?).... smacking hand - ouch.
    Thank you for your birthday wishes - I had the best day!!
    xo
    Shane

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  22. Haven't heard from you for awhile so I assume I've been unfollowed because I've talked about my cats. Making a cake like this makes me almost wish I had a kid.
    Your daughters are luckily little girls.

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  23. Addendum to seven bakers - I volunteer to consume the stripey bits.

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You're looking particularly well.

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